When my husband was a commissioner of a taxing district, he was one of the board of directors for the electric and water utility in our area, we met a man who had taken it on himself to have a Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless and low income people each year. He never asked for money, just supplies. And we even ended up working on one Thanksgiving with him, serving the turkey to people. But, since my husband knew that the electric and water departments had a community fund to help people who need help, he told the man, who applied and because of his unselfishness manner, was awarded $1500 each year. But, and here is the kicker, he ALSO starts before Thanksgiving getting Christmas toys for the kids, so that on Christmas Eve he can drive around and drop off toys at the children's houses! So, instead of using the whole $1500 for Thanksgiving he splits it and uses $750 for the diner and $750 for Christmas. And he won't take any money from anyone, when someone tries to give him something for the presents that he brings to the house, he always says no. I think someone like that should be rewarded with something special, I just don't know what yet.
Oh and because of what we do, like getting a case of sweet potatoes, 3 or 4 turkeys and I got some sweet potato pie once (which he LOVES) my husband does not want anyone to know what we individually do to help the man. It has always been our way of helping those that can't help themselves right now.
Wouldn't it be nice if EVERYONE could help in one way or another during this, a bad economic time?